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From the executive director Each year my home congregation in Weldon Spring, Missouri plans a Christmas-season mission outreach project—usually a whole-congregation-involvement campaign that provides something helpful to a group of folks. This year, quite unbeknownst to me, the mission leaders selected college students. The church’s promo reads, Love U Christmas Mission Project is all about supporting college students. Which college students? Anyone who could use some love and a surprise “Joy Box” in their mailbox. They do not need to...

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We are able to do what we do because of support from people like you who are passionate about helping young-adult leaders grow strong in their faith lives and join in the mission of disciple-building. This past year, LCMA has helped build the annual Campus Ministry Leadership Conference, reached out with the CMLC model to ministries in other regions, launched a new “Campus Leaders Network“ group on Facebook and begun to get the D360 Bible study resource into the hands...

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As you read this, a dedicated LCMA planning team is putting together an intensive training/networking gathering to be held next summer in the Chicago area exclusively for campus ministry staff leaders like you! Look for surveys and conversations about the gathering on the Campus Leaders Network—LCMA in early 2017. Want to read the fall 2016 issue of Ignite in its entirety? Click here!

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LCMA and our partner Lutheran Hour Ministries are announcing two short-term volunteer trip destinations for spring break 2018. Your group can choose to serve at LHM’s ministry center in Jamaica or its center in Nicaragua! Both LHM Jamaica and LHM Nicaragua reach out in under-resourced communities and share the Gospel through children’s and youth ministries.Your group will be involved in light construction and VBS-style children’s-ministry outreach. This is a great opportunity to demonstrate the love of Jesus to children, families...

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CUC Portland Hosts 2016 Mission Conference Students and leaders from Concordia University System schools across the country made the trek northwest to gather at Concordia University Portland for the 2016 Beautiful Feet College Mission Conference. “The Portland team put on a great event,” says LCMA exec Greg Koenig, who represented LCMA as an exhibitor and breakout speaker. “I was especially inspired by the passion for Gospel outreach I saw in everybody I spoke with. And servant hearts! Participants really embodied...

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Ask 50 people at your church the question, “What is worship?” and some, perhaps many, will respond that it’s the time the congregation gathers on Sunday mornings to praise God, hear a message from His Word, celebrate the sacrament of communion and offer prayers as the Body of Christ. Search the Internet for the topic and you will come up with many articles and videos on worship with this as their focus. Well, even though there is little in the...

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Campus Ministry Leadership Conference 2017 is February 10-11—and registration is live! CMLC2017’s intensive leader-training program features speaker Mark Novacek (photo), who directs high school youth and young adult ministries at Trinity Lutheran Church in Roselle, Ill. Mark’s topic: “The Power of YES—Amazing Things Happen When We Say YES to the Holy Spirit’s Work in Us.” You and your student leaders will be inspired and energized as Mark shares life stories and opens up Scripture to explore the power and freedom...

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From the executive director I’ve shared before that LCMA’s mission is equipping leaders to make disciples who make disciples on campus. Disciple-building: it’s why we sponsor the Campus Ministry Leadership Conference in Indiana and why we’re ready to sponsor more. It’s why I undertook the task of developing the D360 Bible study resource (although I will admit to a certain amount of personal exhilaration during the research and writing of it). It’s why we’re taking a hard look at offering a retreat-style conference...

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LCMS U will hold its third biennial campus ministry conference January 4-6. Titled Liberty, the conference will take place on the campus of the University of Maryland, just a short drive from Washington D.C. According to LCMS U, “Liberty will provide a forum to address fundamental issues related to religious liberty, the First Amendment and cultivating the vocation of Christian citizenship on campus. It will encourage and equip our college students, who are on the front lines of religious-liberty issues that seem to...

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“What do you do after you pray? Would you like to have teams who provide Prayer Care to members, visitors and the community? Are you happy with the Prayer life in your church? Ever feel like you are praying alone?” You’ll encounter these questions—and get answers—when you visit the Google Play or iTunes page for iPrayU, a new prayer app developed by New Jersey District LCMS Urban Missions Strategist Rev. Jim Buckman. The iPrayU tool opens up a community of believers from...

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